Brexit

Four years after the referendum vote, the UK has now left the EU. Since the referendum was held in June 2016, Brexit has been the subject of much political and legal debate. The impact of Brexit has been a significant consideration for many of our clients across a broad range of areas.

On Christmas Eve a post-Brexit deal was agreed between the UK and the EU. In brief, that deal legislates for how the UK and the EU conduct trade together from now. The deal is contained in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”). In the case of Northern Ireland, in addition to the TCA the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Treaty (the “Protocol”) agreed between the UK and the EU, also has a material impact on the trade in goods to and from Northern Ireland.

At Carson McDowell, we continue to assess the impact of the TCA and the Protocol on the way our clients do business. We understand that businesses are facing new and ever evolving challenges as a result of the UK leaving the EU and that those challenges present the need for clear, practical legal advice. With more experts working across more specialist areas of practice than any other law firm in Northern Ireland, Carson McDowell is uniquely positioned to assist with the challenges that lie ahead.

To learn more about our sector specific Brexit advisory services, please contact a member of our Brexit team.

The Devil wears Brexit

The Devil wears Brexit

18 October 2019

With the UK facing the prospect of leaving the European Union on 31st October in the absence of a deal or an extension, the fashion world is preparing itself for...

Author: Shannon Gawley
Practice Area: Commercial Law

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Will Brexit threaten EU protected food names?

Will Brexit threaten EU protected food names?

27 August 2019

According to Invest Northern Ireland the food and drink sector is worth £5 billion to the economy in Northern Ireland. As well as being the largest manufacturer and a leading...

Author: Richard Gray
Practice Area: EU and Competition

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Will a no-deal Brexit lead to any relaxation in competition enforcement for the food and drinks industry?

Will a no-deal Brexit lead to any relaxation in competition enforcement for the food and drinks industry?

14 August 2019

Within the UK, it’s fairly well known that agreements which “Directly or indirectly fix purchase or selling prices or any other trading conditions; limit or control production, markets, technical...

Author: Kerry Teahan
Practice Area: EU and Competition

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Future Regulation of State Aid in the event of No Deal Brexit

Future Regulation of State Aid in the event of No Deal Brexit

06 March 2019

The Government has published draft regulations and guidance on the future regulation of state aid in the event of a No Deal Brexit. For...

Author: Niamh Magee
Practice Area: EU and Competition

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What you need to know before buying property in Ireland

What you need to know before buying property in Ireland

27 February 2019

With less than two months to go before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, many Northern Ireland residents and businesses are considering setting up a base in Ireland...

Author: Oliver Tighe
Practice Area: Real Estate

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No Deal Brexit – Concern expressed whether trading on WTO rules will be possible…

No Deal Brexit – Concern expressed whether trading on WTO rules will be possible…

25 January 2019

With time marching on and the prospect of a No Deal Brexit looking increasingly possible, the House of Lords appears to have hindered the UK’s ability to move towards trading...

Author: Niamh Magee

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Brexit: The “Meaningful Vote”

Brexit: The “Meaningful Vote”

15 January 2019

By this evening the House of Commons will have closed its debate on the EU Withdrawal Agreement in its current form. This will conclude with an all-important “meaningful vote” on...

Practice Area: Governance, Risk and Compliance

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Companies should be analysing risk in their contracts while uncertainty remains over UK exit deal, says Carson McDowell

Companies should be analysing risk in their contracts while uncertainty remains over UK exit deal, says Carson McDowell

29 November 2018

Businesses should expect to see an increase in Brexit related clauses being inserted into new commercial contracts in coming months and should be actively assessing potential Brexit risks in their...

Practice Area: Commercial Law

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The EU-UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement, 14 November 2018

The EU-UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement, 14 November 2018

22 November 2018

A lengthy 585 page withdrawal deal was struck between EU negotiators and the UK government, on Wednesday 14 November 2018. The political hurdles before it can be agreed and implemented...

Practice Area: Corporate - M&A

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Do I need a Brexit Clause?

Do I need a Brexit Clause?

19 October 2018

Date: Thursday, 29th November 2018Time: 8am - 10amVenue: The Merchant Hotel, BelfastThis event is aimed at those likely to be entering into contracts between now and March next year which...

Practice Area: Commercial Law

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How to “Brexit-proof” your contract

How to “Brexit-proof” your contract

04 October 2018

With Brexit looming ever larger on the horizon, it would be prudent for businesses to consider the potential impact which Brexit may have on the contracts which they are entering...

Author: Aaron Roddy
Practice Area: Commercial Law

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With or Without EU:  A Re-United Kingdom on IP Rights?

With or Without EU: A Re-United Kingdom on IP Rights?

19 September 2018

Since the UK’s decision to leave the EU on 26 June 2016, the intellectual property (“IP”) regime has been faced with a period of legal uncertainty. Many questions have arisen...

Author: Shannon Gawley
Practice Area: Commercial Law

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A new EU copyright law? One does not simply change the EU Copyright Directive!

A new EU copyright law? One does not simply change the EU Copyright Directive!

14 September 2018

EU lawmakers have voted to pass controversial copyright reform proposals that could change how internet companies treat uploaded content from users. Peter Lamont, a solicitor in the...

Author: Peter Lamont
Practice Area: Commercial Law

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Almost 70 per cent of Northern Ireland Businesses unsure what opportunities Brexit will bring

Almost 70 per cent of Northern Ireland Businesses unsure what opportunities Brexit will bring

08 May 2018

With less than a year to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, almost 70 per cent of Northern Ireland businesses are unsure what opportunities Brexit will bring, according...

Author: Michael Johnston

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Passport Procurement - What Next?

Passport Procurement - What Next?

16 April 2018

A complaint regarding the Home Office’s decision to award a £490 million contract for UK passport production to Netherlands based company Gemalto, has raised some interesting questions about the potential...

Author: Kerry Teahan
Practice Area: EU and Competition, Procurement Law

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Brexit Update: The EC Draft Withdrawal Agreement & The Mansion House Speech

Brexit Update: The EC Draft Withdrawal Agreement & The Mansion House Speech

08 March 2018

Last week we witnessed the most significant developments in the Brexit negotiations since the Phase I talks concluded in December 2017with the publication of the joint EU-UK Report. ...

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​Brexit: Barnier Calls on Businesses to Review their “Contract Clauses”

​Brexit: Barnier Calls on Businesses to Review their “Contract Clauses”

29 November 2017

This afternoon (29 November 2017), the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier sent a clear message to “all businesses”. He said, “Whatever the outcome of the current negotiations, there will be...

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Brexit: UK Position Papers on the Customs Union and the Irish Border

Brexit: UK Position Papers on the Customs Union and the Irish Border

21 August 2017

Last week the UK government finally released its position papers on the critical issues of the customs union and the Irish border following Brexit. The UK outlined that it would...

Practice Area: EU and Competition

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EU law has been effective in the UK for over 40 years…What will happen to it when we leave?

EU law has been effective in the UK for over 40 years…What will happen to it when we leave?

10 April 2017

The approach to dealing with the extensive body of EU law currently in effect in the UK has been a topic of considerable debate amongst lawyers and politicians alike. On...

Practice Area: Corporate - M&A, EU and Competition

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House of Commons Justice Committee: Report on “The Implications of Brexit for Civil Justice”

House of Commons Justice Committee: Report on “The Implications of Brexit for Civil Justice”

27 March 2017

On 22nd March 2017, the House of Commons Justice Committee published a report entitled, “Implications of Brexit for Civil Justice”. As well as outlining the implications for criminal...

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